A final match in Tokyo with Japanese female all-stars, WKBL representatives Na Yoon-jeong and Lee Hae-ran “We have to win!”
“We have to win.”
The WKBL Rising Star Team, made up of young players under the age of 25, showed confidence in winning the Korea-Japan match against the WJBL All-Star Team in Tokyo, Japan on the 29th.
After training at the Ariake Arena auxiliary stadium in Tokyo the day before the All-Star game, Na Yoon-jung was asked about her determination to participate in the Korea-Japan All-Star exchange, “Japan is a tricky team. I don’t have a ton of pressure though, the training atmosphere is good and I think I can have fun tomorrow because I work hard,” she said.
When asked what was difficult about Japan, he said, “Fast is similar in style to ours, but more delicate,” and “coaches also said, ‘Even if you leave, Japanese players will stand in front again.’”
However, he was full of confidence, perhaps thanks to his experience of beating Japan in an international competition. Na Yoon-jung introduced, “I once beat Japan in 12 years in an international competition with the under-18 national team.” She added, “The lack of an orthodox center on the Rising All-Star team is considered a weakness, but I think it will be a game worth playing because the tall players have good mobility and can dribble.”
When asked how Lee Hae-ran, who was selected as a rising star together, sees the match tomorrow, she said, “We have to win,” showing confidence. Lee Hae-ran experienced a big stage by playing against Japan in the youth national team and against Australia in the adult national team 크크크벳.
When asked about Japan’s strengths, he said, “The center is not that tall, and Japanese basketball is recognized as fast basketball, but if we play fast basketball, we will be able to play on an equal footing with Japan.”
The WKBL Rising Star Team will face off against the Japanese All-Star Team at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on the 29th. In Japan, Lamu Tokashiki, who also played an active part in the WNBA, Yuki Miyazawa, the silver medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Himawari Akaho will appear.